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    March 14, 2011
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hello. it is 9:00 a.m. in london, 6:00 p.m. in tokyo. we welcome our viewers in the united states to our special cover of the disaster in japan. there are new reports a third reactor in fukushima may be in trouble. authorities say the cooling system on daiichi's number two reactor has stopped working and
pressure is building up. this follows a fresh blast in the area that houses reactor number three. six people were injured in that explosion. the likely cause was a hydrogen buildup. radiation contamination levels are being tested. they did rise after the incident but the chief cabinet secretary says he does not believe there is a leak. 2,000 bodies have been found in two locations in miyagi prefecture. 1,600 deaths are confirmed with 2,000 injured, at least 1700 people are missing. more on the compromised nuclear power plant in fukushima. the cooling system of reactor two stopped working today and pressure has been building up
inside. this marks the third reactor in trouble there. matthew chance is in moscow to explain the differences. matthew, first of all, there have been concerns. people living in the area don't believe what they are being told by the safety agencies there in the area. what are you hearing? >> i think there is an extent the people in japan believe nuclear officials misrepresented other nuclear accidents so there is misinformation about the investor rasty information. i have been monitored the iaea, distant from the ground, to verify the information coming through to them through the japanese officials on the
ground. the information they do collect has been verified by their experts. they have not mentioned the number two reactor. but they have given us more information about reactor number three in fukushima. there was an explosion at 11:00 a.m. according to the iaea it was caused by a buildup of hydrogen gas. the area where the nuclear fuel rods are stored was not damaged in that explosion. six people were injured as a result of that blast. of course, there has been a lot of concern about the exclusion zone in the area about the problems of contamination from all these problems stemming from the various nuclear reactors that are having problems. what the iaea says is they have taken measurements from various
points around the fukushima plant and they are concurring with the japanese officials saying the radiation levels are at this point somewhat normal. >> they are saying the accident at fukushima is worse than chernobyl and three mile island. are you seeing any similarities to chernobyl in ukraine? >> there are big differences. clearly. i'm not a nuclear expert, but one of the characteristics of chernobyl in 1996, 25 years next month is the anniversary of the explosion at chernobyl is there was an enormous explosion that didn't take place in the building but in the reactor core. it spread radioactive material,
big chunks were spilled out in a black plume of smoke and carried all over western and eastern europe, contaminating radioactive material all over a highly populated area in western and eastern europe. that has not happened in japan. the reactors have been shut down. there is this, you know, you do have to keep cooling the reactor cores. that is where the problems are stemming from. when they fail to do that and the fuel rods have been exposed to the air, that is when we have seen limited releases of radiation. it is not on the same scale as the chernobyl accident. more than 15,000 people have been rescued in this disaster. numerous rescue and assistance teams from the u.s. arrived in japan on sunday.
the prime minister of japan says this is his country's worst crisis since world war ii. >> please, i ask each one of you, please have such determination and to deepen your bond with your family members, neighbors, the people in your community to overdhom crisis so that japan can be a better place. we can do it together. this is the message i would like to emphasize to the japanese people. >> japanese prime minister naoto kan. rescuers are searches for survivors. anna joins us now. it is dark, it is night fall in
northeastern japan. temperatures we would assume are starting to plummet. can you tell us about the conditions where survivors are having to live in now. >> reporter: we are in m mitshumamaki. the devastation that has taken place. these were people's homes. the roof of this building completely collapsed. it was standing here. i'm currently on its founs. it ripped off its foundation and smashed into that building. it gives you the power of that wave, ten meter wall of water that came from the coast and roared straight through here.
ben adams our cameraman is going to pan around to sort of show you the destruction that has taken place. this tsunami has ripped buildings apart, completely obliterated it. for the buildings that are still standing which is quite remarkable, to go inside, if you can go inside it is just a complete mess. everything has been destroyed. people have returned to these houses. they have been going through the remains to see what they can find, salvage any clothing, any bedding. they have walked out with bags, but not much. they have to stay with friends and family and centers around the city. supplies are short, food, water, power. it is a real scarcity. they are really relying on the government to help them out
because at the moment things are really, really tough. >> anna coren in northeastern japan. amid the devastation, amid the grief and lost, there are incredible stories of survival. here is one young man's account of what happened to him. >> he was pushed into a wave after his house collapsed. and he felt the crush of the water as he was sucked down. he says he managed to swim out of his house from the balcony. he grabbed a hold of a fishing boat and got to the surface to look for something to hold on to. he then gripped on to the roof of a house. he says he ripped his jacket but still managed to pull himself
out on to the roof. his house began to float away and it approached a nursing home. fortunately, there were still people inside the building. he says the people inside told him to try to break the window. he realized he has to survive. he decided to do everything possible at that point to stay alive. >> amazing. newspapers around the world have been undoubtedly reacting to the disaster in japan, many giving credit to the country's prepations. lessons from japan disaster. the paper says if ever a country was prepared for disaster it is modern japan. countless thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of lives were saved in homes, offices, by proper planning and strong enforcement of building codes. "the wall street journal's"
headline, sturdy japan. attention has turned to the safety of the country's nuclear reactors. those serious concerns should not obscure everything japan got right in preparations. the times of india says nature's terror, the damage in terms of human lives has been remarkably contained relative to what might have been. for that all credit must go to successive japanese administrations and a civil society itself. you can read those articles in full and find ways you can help at sls . families are desperately searching for survivors. oh boy... i used our slate card with blueprint. we can design our own plan to avoid interest by paying off diapers and things each month. and for the bigger stuff, we can pay down
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this is world won live from london. the latest from japan. the cooling system in the number two reactor in the fukushima power plant in japan has failed. the number one and number three reactors have experienced the same problem followed by explosions in the buildings surrounding the reactors. nhk has reported that number two reactor lost its cooling function. we want to remind you where the hardest hit cities and towns. sendai is close to the quake's epicenter. kesennuma still closer. worth noting here, fukushima, where the two power plants have been damaged. authorities have released radioactive steam to release pressure. behind the devastation is the reality that life as people knew it is forever changed.
paula han congress joins us now from accept die. we understand you just returned from visiting a hospital there. >> reporter: i'm in ishinamaki, north of sendai. we have had local news reports suggesting 2,000 bodies have been found in these bodyies, minamisanriku where we visited was completely wiped out. we couldn't get next to the beach because there was a tsunami alert. here we are trying to get to the peninsula itself to see how devastating the damage is. it is very difficult. it is pretty much cut off at this point.
we understand many rescue teams are relying heavily on helicopters. they have to get to these particularly bad hit areas by air because by roads it is not possible. the coastal road is pretty much inaccessible. you have to come inland and head out towards the sea once again. it is difficult for people to try to reach these areas. it was getting dark so we gave up for this evening. some people from surrounding areas have been making it to the hospital. 2,000 people have come through. we understand from the red cross. many more are staying here in this middle school behind me, 1,000 people who survived the earthquake and tsunami but don't have a home to go back to. >> it is hard enough to get to the hospitals or shelters, but in terms of what are in the
shelters, water, resources, food, is there a sense they have enough or are they in desperate need of more? >> this shelter does have electricity, which is a lot better than many places across the north and eastern parts of japan. they just switched the lilgts off until it got pitch back to conserve energy. they do have water and they do have food. we have been speaking to a couple of americans who survived the earthquake and tsunami and came here and are trying to gather their friends here. it is not too bad considering what has happened. for other shelters, i'm not sure what the situation is. a red cross official did tell us the doctors who are obviously working 24 hours a day to try and help people who are still walking in, the walking wounding, are still trying to find food for themselves.
the supplies are scarce across the board whether you are a doctor or evacuation victim. crews searching for the missing are not only up against the clock, they are battling cold weather. jill brown joins us now. >> monita we have been experienced warmer than normal temperatures the last few days. for tuesday, six for a high. we start off with a little bit of sun. after that, rain showers, rain and snow mix, all snow on thursday when the high will only be two degrees. at night down below freezing. this is the worst possible news for this air y where there is for the most part no shelter much less any heat. if you look at the before pictures in sendai and afterward. you can see there are very
little shelter. people who are lucky to find shelter will not be able to find heat and electricity. here comes the low from the south initially bringing rain. the wind will come in from the northwest and change that from snow and a few days colder than average temperatures. here is the satellite temperature. the clouds are rolling in across japan. it is not a very strong system but will bring precipitation and the colder temperatures that will last a few days. there is your forecast for snow. a centimeter or two, not a whole lot. the other thing we have been looking at is the wind direction, the upper level winds continue from the west, west to east. the surface winds will shift. tuesday we'll be seeing an onshore wind after our storm goes by. the cold air coming in will shift again and be offshore.
why is that important? we have been watching the nuclear plants. with any danger of radiation an offshore wind will be best. 24 hours an onshore wind, after that offshore. those temperatures for the next few days are going to be terrible. it is going to be cold, cold weather. >> jill brown, thank you very much. cnn's coverage of the tsunami aftermath in japan continues. recaptured, they tried to push out gadhafi and gadhafi pushed back. a town where rebels fought and lost. you can get an idea of the ferocity of the battle. this is like a tail fin from a rocket buried in the front of this house and underneath, children's shoes.
you're watching world one. our top stories in japan, cooling down fuel rods at the daiichi plant badly damaged in friday's earthquake is proving to be more difficult than first thought. half of the cooling systems have failed. there was a new explosion near reactor number three. six people were injured in the blast. the radiation level is currently stable and posing no harm to people's health. in our headlines this hour, supporters of bahrain's rulers threaten student protesters at bahrain's university. elsewhere riot police moved in to disperse anti-government demonstrators on a highway. video showing the use of what appears to be teargas. cnn cannot confirm the video's authenticity. the government denied unjustified force was used.
moammar gadhafi is denouncing the arab league for suggesting a no-fly zone. libya called it a flagrant action against its charter. libyan forces have been fighting to recapture opposition held towns and driven rebels out of al brega. nic robert ston got a tour of another town under gadhafi's control. >> driving east the detritus of war, evidence of a rapid reumbrella treat, outgunned and outsmarted by government forces advancing from the west. the first step on this government trip bin jawad. this is a police station.
the first signs of any real battle as we have been driving on the highway, we have seen occasional checkpoints manned by soldiers or policemen. in the town we have seen most of the stores closed, some signs of looting. this police station is the first sign of battle. inside is smashed up. the windows in the front, this reinforced glass all destroyed, blown out. shots are being fired by soldiers there. they have been coming back from what appears to be the direction of the front line, some sort of improm tu celebration for the cameras here. just a few days ago this town was still in rebel hands. you can get an idea of the ferocity. this looks like the tail fins of a rocket buried in the front of this house and underneath children's shoes. few houses hit, most by rockets
fired from the west and advancing government forces. driving on eastward another 40 miles the sky fills with dense black smoke as we get closer unmistakably clear, an oil storage tanker burning out of control. officials blaming it on rebels. exactly how far government forces have advanced, exactly where the front line is remains unclear, but what is clear is that the government is on a roll and the rebels are recoiling, retreating, it seems, almost as fast as they can. nic robertson, cnn, libya. the dangers still loom as authorities rush to cool down nuclear reactors in japan. authorities are trying to protect the public from
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i'm monita rajpal in london. more than 1800 people are confirmed dead and 2300 missing after friday's earthquake and tsunami. it seems likely that toll will soar. unofficial reports put the number missing at 10,000. prime minister naoto kan says some 15,000 people have been rescued. the king of bahrain is being
urged to impose martial law. calling for security forces to intervene in the name of national stable. this video shows riot police apparently using teargas to disperse anti-government protester tos. cnn cannot confirm the authenticity. in iraq 14 people were wounded in a prison riot in tikrit. prisoners set fires in several cells in hopes of escapesing in the midst of the riot. two inmates said the fires were set to protest corruption and ill treatment inside the prison. israel approved several thousand housing units on the west bank after israelis were killed. a family had their throats slit.
the evidence points to a terror attack. >>. >> some 200,000 people who live near japan's nuclear plant have been urged to leave the area. the container protecting the core of the nuclear plant is still intact. we want to go to dr. sanjay gupta in shiogama city. >> reporter: one of the big things is that leaves a lot of people displaced, what you just describ described. add that on top of people's homes being destroyed and the result is a little bit of what you see behind me. this is one of the largest makeshift refugee camps, came
together over the last few days. this is something that people here in japan, schools are typically built at higher elevations and the building codes are often stricter. they are more earthquake resistant and become an immediate place for refugees in the aftermath of something like this. hups of people have been coming into this particular part of the school, hundreds of people in this gymnasium. more people in other parts of the school. this is the largest refugee area as a result. it is very cold outside. people who are displaced as a result of the mandatory evacuation, fukushima about 100 come ters from here. people have made their way to this area.
>> in terms of the resources there in terms of medical personnel there when it comes to treating potential radiation exposure and everyday issues such as people being sick, people needing food, people needing water, what are you seeing? what are you being told? >> with regard to the radiation concerns and i'll tell you, everybody is talking about it. there seems to be a real fear and anxiety about it. people are talking about the fact that people this far away are not in any danger. radiation sickness is dependent on the doze of radiation which appears to higher than normal, but small and your distance.
people are understanding they are safe, but there is still a fair amount of anxiety. some of the symptoms people would have, all the cells in the body that divide rapidly inside your intestines and hair, they will be affected. nausea, fatigue. immune systems depressed. those will happen immediately. people have talked about longer term concerns, cancers that could develop. nobody is saying this is happening. one of the things being used is potassium iodide which can protect against a particular type of cancer a thyroid cancer. these are the discussions taking place among local citizens.
the more basic necessities is getting people out of the cold. it is very cold outside. getting people food. the supermarkets were donating food. they have run out. now they are relying on the goodwill of volunteers from people all over the country to donate food, blankets. a lot of children, a lot of adults, they seemingly have enough supplies, how much water, how much food, how much longer is it going to last? >> dr. sanjay gupta. thank you for that. the earthquake stuck 15 minutes before the stock markets closed. nikkei plunged, but the selling was less severe on other markets in the region. hong kong and shanghai ended higher and the s&p asx 200 edged
slightly lower. everily estimates suggest the damage to the country's infrastructure could top $100 billion. for more on the effect this colossal earthquake and tsunami have we cross over to andrew stephens joining us from hong kong. andrew. >> that could be a conservative number. i've seen estimates from the early research notes putting the numbers as high as $170 billion. certainly until we know the full damage of the devastated northern part of japan it is difficult to pinpoint the accuracy. let's look what happened to the nikkei. down 6.2%, the biggest single day decline in two years. you have to go back to the collapse of lehman brothers to see a fall like this. the big loss leaders were not surprising, toshiba, japan
electric, tokyo electric, they are all involved in the electricity, the power area. now tokyo marine is an insurance company. that do you know by more than 12%. tokyo electric down by 23%. they are op the rerators of the fukushima nuclear plant. the automakers taking a hit. toyota, nissan and honda all down. toyota is going to close all production capacity in japan in three days. they will try to reopen by thursday morning. toyota down 8%. a similar story by all the automakers. taisei and kajima corps. kajima is known for earthquake construction of buildings.
they are rallying in south korea. the bank of japan, the central bank met and decided to take swift action. it is going to pump a record amount of money into the financial system. $183 billion. to make sure there is enough money in the financial system so the banks can lend to each other and lend to anyone who would want to take out a loan. the idea is to keep confidence in the financial system. there is uncertainty and fears in japan, broad fears so the boj trying to calm any fears people might have about the financial system. there was one piece of good news that helped to calm fears. standard & poor's, the credit ratings agency, the quake on friday, the tsunami on friday will have no immediate effect on japan's aa sovereign debt
rating, we are not talking about the fiscal impact. someone is going have to pay for the rebuilding. japan has the highest national debt in the world. it will have to borrow more to pay for that. finally very quickly monita, the yen versus the dollar. the yen became dangerously strong in the immediate aftermath of the disaster because people saw a lot of yen would be needed for the rebuilding exercise. it went to a near record high against the u.s. dollar. it has come back since we got that news from the bos. 82.09. still strong, but not nearly as dangerously strong as it was. >> andrew, thank you very much. trapped in a car for 20 hours, the survival stories out of japan continue to amaze. we'll have more for you, next.
amid the devastation in japan, an incredible story of survival. rescuers spotted this 60-year-old man signalling for help 15 kilometers offshore. he was clinging to the roof of his home two days after the tsunami carried him out to sea. he and his wife fled their home after the earthquake. they returned to get some belongings when the tsunami struck. survives in devastated homes, in stores, even in cars. take a look at this amazing rescue japanese broadcaster nhk caught on tape. >> suddenly there was activity on the roof. someone shouts, there is still another person.
they ask self-defense force troops to help. there were survivors in the car. an elderly person had been stuck in this car. the person was rescued safely ten minutes later. it turned out there were three elderly people. the car had been covered in mud and debris and they could not get out and for 20 hours they
were trapped in the car. >> this woman says she was washed away by the waves and that she was afraid. >> amazing. we take you to the tourist town of minamisanriku. it sits about 80 kilometers from the quake's epicenter. at least it did. there is not much left. gary tuchman gives us a look. this is minamisanriku, japan. about three miles from the pacific ocean. never in my career of covering natural disasters have i seen a town so utterly pulverized, completely mowed down. this is not from the earthquake. this is from the tsunami. we know that because this is where the water stopped on its way from the ocean. if you go half a mile away from here, half a mile to the west there is no damage in the nearby
neighborhoods but here there is nothing left. we see cars, trucks, motorhomes, trees, personal belongings of people all over the place and they come all over this town of 20,000 people. there are thousands of people unaccounted for. it doesn't mean they are all dead. it doesn't mean they are all hurt. but the fact is there are still many bodies under this rubble. throughout the day today and yesterday ambulances came in and out, they heard people screaming, they took them out. right now we don't hear anymore voices. they don't believe anybody is still alive in the rubble, yet people who perished in this everett quake and tsunami. we drove across the country from the west coast of japan to the east coast and we saw virtually no damage whatsoever until we got to this spot three miles from the pacific ocean. we are still feeling aftershocks
here causing a lot of anxiety in japan like it did in haiti. many people refuse to go in their homes in haiti afraid the homes will collapse. that is the same here in japan after the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that killed so many people. coming up, near the epicenter of the disaster, rescue crews hold on to hope as they continue their search for survivors in sendai. bebebebebebaaa! we get double miles every time we use our card, no matter what we're buying. i'll take it. and since double miles add up fast, we can bring the whole gang. fire! [ garth ] it's hard to beat double miles! have you seen garth? oh! [ male announcer ] get the venture card from capital one. money magazine's best rewards card if you aim to rack up airline miles. what's in your wallet? bebebebebebaaa!
welcome back. we are coming up on 7:00 p.m. in tokyo, 11 a.m. in berlin, 6:00 a.m. in new york. another nuclear reactor at the fukushima plant in novrt eastern
japan has lost its cooling capabilities. water levels were falling and pressure was building inside. parts of tokyo and other cities face rolling blackouts as the country tried to return to work. some shops were open but food supplies like bread and instant needles as well as bottled water were scarce. gadhafi has lashed out over a no-fly zone. describing the arab league's move as a flagrant action. the arab league said the no-fly zone was needed to protect s civilians. a progovernment group of parliamentarians is calling for bahrain government forces to intervene. this video shows riot police apparently using teargas to
disperse anti-government protest protesters. it is three days after the quake and tsunami struck japan. on day four now we are getting a clearer picture of the damage. the images from sendai reveal the tragedy unraveling across the nation. >> reporter: how do you search what looks like the end of the worth? in sendai, rescue teams carefully pick through the rubble. looking for any signs of missing loved ones. i wanted to ask this man who he was looking for. i never got the chance. we are starting to follow a search crew. apparently there is another tsunami warning. the crew and everyone else is being told to get away, which they are doing.
it is hard to tell how real the threat may be. nerves in sendai are very much on edge. we go in the opposite direction, heading toward the coast, the closer we get, the more unreal the scenery. the tiedal surge rushed inland some places six miles. getting around is difficult. huge fires continue to burn unchecked. thick black smoke and flames boil from a refinery. as we video the scene we notice something else. up until now we are heard the sirens or announcements but nobody seemed to be anxious. then we noticed the water here. it is racing out. we are leaving. fortunately, the threat never materializes, which is a good thing because sendai has already seen more than its share of hell
and high water. martin savage, cnn. aid is pouring in from around the world. here is the international relief effort. japan's foreign ministry says 69 governments are offering hem from the united states, the "uss ronald reagan" started rescue and release operations off the u.s. coast. ten u.s. navy ships are committed to the effort. from the uk the british government is sending 11 tons of rescue equipment. teams from australia are on the way. canada, spain, france and germany are sending help. china has sent equipment, military manpower and medicine. you can find more information at to help. our impact your world team is collecting links to relief
efforts and the people finder database that aims to reunite people separated in the chaos. we will continue to add information to this page, you are watching a special edition of world one from london. i'm monita rajpal. thanks for joining us. we want to give you another look at the pictures from japan. vast amounts of degree near sendai after the earthquake and tsunami. this is world one on cnn.
on this "american morning" new concerns in japan as they work every angle to fend off a nuclear disaster. two nuclear facilities are badly compromised and one has just been hit by a second explosion. the scope of the human tragedy is unfolding, thousands of bodies have been washing up on japanese shores. officials try to get a handle on this enormous catastrophe. rebel forces have retreated from a key city they captured and is in the control of moammar gadhafi's forces. michele bachmann's blunder. she tried to deliver a history lesson that was way off the mark. >> she's getting a little bit of
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